DC Food Policy Tracker - Updated February 2020
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The DC Food Policy Council legislative tracker highlights food policy in the 2019- 2020 DC Council legislative session. We will try to update the tracker as often as possible, but please note the update date in the title. For more information on these bills or other District legislation, visit http://lims.dccouncil.us/.
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Bill No.Legislation NameCategoryDescriptionCommittee ReferralStatusHyperlink
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B23-0092Grocery Store Development Projects Labor Peace Agreement Amendment Act of 2019Healthy food access; Labor and workforce developmentExtends the requirement for labor peace agreements to grocery store development projects. Committee on Labor and Workforce DevelopmentIntroduced on January 22, 2019; Hearing on June 19, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0092
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B23-0086Supermarket Tax Incentives Eligible Area Amendment Act of 2019Healthy food accessAdds the Deanwood Town Center to a list of locations eligible for a tax exemption pursuant to the construction of certain eligible businesses. Committee on Finance and Revenue; Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced on January 22, 2019; Hearing on June 3, 2019 http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0086
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B23-0131Ward 7 & Ward 8 Restaurant Incentive Program Establishment Act of 2019Retail & business development, healthy food accessEstablishes the Ward 7 and Ward 8 Restaurant Incentive Program within the Department of Small and Local Business Development to provide funding, business development assistance, incubation services, and technical assistance to those seeking to open a new restaurant or food establishment in Ward 7 or Ward 8.Committee on Business and Economic Development Introduced February 5, 2019; Hearing on June 3, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0131
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B23-0122Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act of 2019RetailProhibits retailers from refusing to accept cash as payment, posting that cash is not accepted, or charging different prices to customers based on their payment methodCommittee of the WholeIntroduced February 5, 2019 http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0122
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B23-0190Healthy Beverages for Kids Meals Act of 2019Child nutritionRequires that beverages included in children's meals offered by food establishments meet certain nutrition standards.Committee on Business and Economic Development and Committee on HealthIntroduced March 13, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0190
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B23-0180On-Site Services Act of 2019Healthy food accessRequires qualifying housing providers to provide on-site services including food and nutrition services; establishes an On-Site Services program to provide funding to qualifying public providers and monitor services Committee on Human Services and Committee on Housing and Neighborhood RevitalizationIntroduced March 15, 2019; Hearing on July 11, 2019; Passed 1st Reading on December 3, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0180
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B23-0192Cottage Food Expansion Act of 2019Retail & business developmentAmends the Cottage Food Act of 2013; removes the $25,000 cap on revenue; expands the venues of where producers can sell their food; eliminates the DC Health inspection before the business can sell their productsCommittee on HealthEnacted January 16, 2020http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0192
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B23-0231Healthy Shelters Act of 2019Healthy food access; sustainable procurementEstablishes nutrition standards and requirements for meals served in shelters; ensures adequate meals in times of weather emergencies; encourages local foods to be served in shelters; requires that Department of Human Services be directly responsible for all contracts, reporting, and compliance regarding homeless shelter food services; establishes monitoring requirement for food services; permits the use of donated and recovered food at shelters; ensures nonprofit organizations are not competitively disadvantaged when bidding for homeless shelter food services; establishes grants for nutrition education, gardens, and play structures at family shelters; and requires shelters to provide employment services for residents experiencing homelessness Committee on Human ServicesIntroduced on April 2, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0231
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B23-277Manufacturer and Pub Permit Parity Amendment Act of 2019 Retail & business developmentIncreases the alcohol by volume percentage for wine from 15 to 21 percent and allows holders of wine pub and distillery pub permits to ship products directly to District residents. Also allows District residents to manufacture beer and wine in their home without a license if it is for personal use and allows pub permit holders to manufacture alcoholic beverages off-site if the production facility is within 600 feet of the licensed premises. Committee on Business & Economic DevelopmentEnacted December 27, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0277
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B23-360Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2019Nutrition education; healthAmends the District of Columbia Health Occupations Revision Act of 1985 to require continuing education on nutrition for certain health occupations; requires that the instruction must be evidence-based, not financially supported by any food, beverage, or dietary group, and provide information and skills on topics such as general nutrition, nutrition assessment, the role of nutrition in disease prevention, among other topics; directs the Department of Health's DC Center for Rational Prescribing to develop free continuing education courses to meet those requirementsCommittee on Health with comments from Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentIntroduced June 25, 2019; Hearing on November 13, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0360
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B23-376Urban Farming Land Lease Emergency Amendment Act of 2019Urban agricultureClarifies the soil testing requirements of the Urban Farming Land Lease program; waives requirement for soil testing if lessee does not grow produce in the site soil but instead uses alternative practices like raised beds, greenhouses, or hydroponic towersIntroduced July 8, 2018; Transmitted to Mayor July 15, 2019, response due on July 29, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0376
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B23-398Lemonade Stand Amendment Act of 2019Retail & business developmentAmends the Vending Regulation Act of 2009 to exempt minors from a mandatory business license requirement when operating a small-scale business for less than a 100 daysCommittee on the WholeIntroduced July 9, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0398
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B23-390Urban Farming Land Lease Amendment Act of 2019 Urban agricultureClarifies that under the Urban Farming Land Lease Program, the District may enter into a lease agreement with a qualified application to create and maintain an urban farm; authorizes DOEE to waive soil testing requirements for lessee who agrees to not growing produce in the site soil of the leased property; amends the mission of the Office of Urban Agriculture; and clarifies the soil testing requirement for the urban farm tax abatement program Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentIntroduced July 9, 2019; Hearing on November 18, 2019; Passed First Reading January 7, 2020; Passed Final Reading February 4, 2020http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0390
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B23-0432Protecting Local Area Commercial Enterprices Amendment Act of 2019Retail & business developmentCreates grants of up to $50,000 a year for businesses that have operated in DC for at least 10 years; and Landlords who rent to small businesses would be eleigible for a reduction in property taxesCommittee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced September 17, 2019; Hearing on November 6, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0432
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B23-0438Small and Local Business Assistance Amendment Act of 2019Retail & business developmentCreates a tax credit of 20% (annual maximum of $10,000) for the portion of a small business' rent that goes toward their lanlord's property taxes; Landlords who rent to small businesses would receive a 10% (maximum of $100,000) relief off the building's value when paying property taxes; and creates credit enhancement services for small businesses, including a program to provide rent guarantees to landlords who rent to small businesses.Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced September 17, 2019; Hearing on November 6, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0438
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B23-0439Longtime Resident Business Preservation Amendment Act of 2019Retail & business developmentProvides grants up to $1.5 million or low-interest loans up to $2 million for capital improvements for small businesses that have been operating in DC at least 20 years; and privides rent stabilization of up to 10% of the average commercial rent if the business is at risk of displacement.Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced September 17, 2019; Hearing on November 6, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0439
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B23-0495Healthy Beverage Choices Amendment Act of 2019Retail & business development, healthy food accessImplements an excise tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on the distribution of sugary drinks in the District; establishes the Healthy People, Healthy Places Open Space Grant Program to provide competitive grants for management and improvement of parks and open spaces; establishes the Healthy Beverage Choices Fund which provides funding for programs that address food access and equity, improve community nutrition and physical activity, and reduce and prevent nutrition and related chronic illnesses; grants will be administered by the Food Policy Council and gives the Food Policy Council grantmaking authority.Committee on Business and Economic Development and Committee of the WholeIntroduced October 8, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0495
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B23-0505Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act of 2019HealthAmends the Health-Care and Community Residence Facility Hospice and Home Care Licensure Act of 1983 to require hospitals to serve healthful foods and beverages to patients, staff, and visitors. DOH must establish nutrition guidelines with specific requirements for meals low in sodium, added, sugars, and saturated fats; elimiations of processed meats; and promotion of healthful beverages in all areas of hospitals, including cafeterias and vending machines.Committee on HealthIntroduced October 22, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0505
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B23-0506Zero Waste Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019Food waste and recoveryRequires a plan for comprehensive organics site management and recycling infrastructure; organics recycling requirements for large commercial food waste generators; requires waste collectors to address contamination in recyclables and compostables; establishes a reuse and donation program to reduce needless waste and increase diversion of reusable materials from landfills and incinerations; and establishes additional standards for the use of compostable disposbale food service wares when providing food for on-site consumption.Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentIntroduced October 22, 2019; Hearing on December 16, 2019http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0506
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